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56493This Friday, Last General Meeting before ELA state test!

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  • Janine Sopp
    Mar 18, 2014
    FIGHT THE TESTING MADNESS!  STUDENTS ARE MORE THAN A SCORE!

    Friday, March 21, 2014, 6:00

    Meet Together to Plan for April's Tests

    Note location:

    Ya-Ya 
    224 W. 29th Street, 14th Floor
    New York, New York



    Why the use of testing fails students and schools…

    • Test scores do not predict learning or future academic success, nor do they measure creative 

    thinking and problem solving.

    • Tying tests scores to teacher evaluation forces teachers to “teach to the test,” instead of tailoring 

    instruction to meet each student’s unique needs.

    • Teachers – not test scores – should determine whether students are promoted. If there are 

    doubts about a student’s readiness, teachers should decide in consultation with parents.

    • The DOE should reduce class size; hire teachers, counselors, and librarians;

    and fund after-school programs, enrichment and the arts; instead of wasting valuable public funds 

    on testing, test prep and consultants.

    • Massive amounts of data about students are being collected and put in the hands of third party 

    vendors without parental consent.

    When test scores are used to determine promotion, school closings, and teachers' careers, the 

    stakes are too high! The misuse of tests narrows and distorts the curriculum. All children need 

    high-quality teaching in a healthy atmosphere that

    fosters the full development of their strengths and talents.

    LET'S TAKE THE POWER BACK. HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

    • Talk with parents and teachers. Build community around testing in your school. 

    • Request an alternative such as portfolio assessment that reflects student growth.

    • Keep up with Change the Stakes on our web site, Facebook, and Twitter.

    • Invite Change the Stakes to your schools or your CEC meeting for an informal 

    discussion on testing

    • Join CHANGE THE STAKES and work to change NYC and NYS testing policies.

    • Opt Out - refuse to have your child take the NY State tests and all Field Tests.